Pepe apologizes for Messi stomp
MADRID -- Real Madrid's Pepe has apologized to Lionel Messi for stepping on the Barcelona forward's hand during this week's Copa del Rey quarterfinal, saying that it wasn't intentional.
Pepe told Real Madrid's website Thursday that "as far as the play with Leo Messi, I want to say that it was an involuntary act."
The Portuguese defender added that "even so, if Messi is offended I ask his forgiveness because I want to defend my team and club. ... It never passed through my head to ...
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